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2 accused of taking up to $200K from caregivers

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SEATTLE -- Two men are accused of embezzling up to $200,000 from a city caregiver program.
KOMO reported prosecutors have charged 38-year-old Gregory M. Townsend of Seattle with 23 counts of theft. Thirty-six-year-old Arthur D. Wheeler of Tukwila faces the same charges. Wheeler is accused of helping Townsend cash fraudulent checks.
A whistleblower's complaint prompted the investigation by the state auditor that uncovered the suspected wrongdoings.
According to the auditor's report, Townsend worked for a nonprofit agency contracted to run a program that provides aid to seniors caring for their grandchildren. The aid is given in various forms, including food, clothes, tutoring and up to $1,500 per year in cash.
Investigators accuse Townsend of funneling money to a fake client and spending agency dollars on personal expenses.
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